Sunday, February 3, 2013

TTM: Andy Moog

Sent: 12/12/12

Received: 2/2/13

Drafted by the Edmonton Oilers in 1980 NHL Draft

This ttm helps out my 2006-07 and 2010-11 Between the Pipes sets. Though I love the 1992 Upper Deck Checklist card with the painting.


Andy Moog started his playing days in the minors while Eddie Mio and Ron Low were Edmonton's main goaltenders. Moog would later be called up when Mio or Low went do with an injury, but then a young 19 year old named Grant Fuhr would step up and start his Hall of Fame career.  In 1982 Oilers general manager and coach Glen Sather decided to go with the young duo of Moog and Fuhr and traded Low. Moog was given the starting job in the playoffs, and helped lead the Oilers to their first Stanley Cup Finals, though they were swept by the New York Islanders, who captured their fourth straight Stanley Cup. The next year Sather chose to go with Fuhr in the 1984 playoffs. Fuhr was injured in the third game of the Stanley Cup Finals in a rematch against the Islanders. Moog stepped in and led the Oilers to a series win. Fuhr continued to be the number one goalie for the subsequent seasons.

On the trading deadline of the 1987–88 season, Moog was traded to the Boston Bruins for Bill Ranford this was shortly after the 1988 Olympics. The Bruins also implemented a two-goalie system. Moog shared the duties with Reggie Lemelin. Lemelin was in goal for most of the action during the 1988 Cup run. The Bruins went to the 1988 Finals and lost to the Oilers. Moog was in goal for the series loss clinching game. Despite Lemelin initially starting in net during the 1989–90 playoffs, when the Bruins were on a streak to win the Presidents Trophy, Moog would gain the starting position. After a few games and performing heroics, Moog's team went all of the way to the Stanley Cup Finals.

Moog was traded to the Minnesota North Stars, who relocated to Dallas for the 1993–94 season. He backstopped them to a winning record to return the Stars to the playoffs where they reached the second round. In the 1996–97 NHL season, Moog helped Dallas to the Central Division title, but they were upset in the first round in seven games by the underdog Edmonton Oilers. During his time with the Stars, Moog often shared the workload of regular season games with Darcy Wakaluk and later Arturs Irbe.
With the Stars bringing in Ed Belfour, Moog signed as a free agent with the Montreal Canadiens for the 1997–98 NHL season. Ironically while Moog had helped eliminate Montreal from the playoffs four times (once with the Oilers and three times with the Bruins), he backstopped the Habs to their first playoff series win since 1993. In the summer of 1998, Moog was offered a contract to play for the Vancouver Canucks, but he chose to retire and instead became the team's goaltending coach.

Fun photo: The Great one (Gretzky) wearing Moog's gear

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